In a bout that was far more anticipated than your usual after-thought semi-final matchup, Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse lived up to the hype, fighting a bruising, action-packed 12 rounds. In the end, the underdog Garcia preserved his undefeated record with a close but unanimous — and well-deserved — victory. Here are three things to take away (in addition to the image of Matthysse’s battered left eye) from the memorable bout.
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LAS VEGAS — SI.com boxing insiders Chris Mannix and Rich O’Brien make their predictions for Danny Garcia-Lucas Matthysse and Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez
Chris Mannix: Part of me — a big part — wants to pick Garcia. He has been consistently underestimated, expected to lose to Kendall Holt, Erik Morales and Amir Khan, and won each time. And I do think we are getting a little too swept up in Matthysse’s run of knockouts, as most have come against light competition. But for me, it boils down to this: Matthysse is the real thing and I’m still not sure Garcia is. Matthysse has a granite chin and he is facing an opponent in Garcia who won’t be hard to find. It will be a slobberknocker (That’s for you, Jim Ross), one I don’t see Garcia winning. Take Matthysse by sixth round knockout.
Unified junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia will defend his titles against Argentinean knockout artist Lucas Matthysse on September 14th on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Saul Alvarez pay per view, Golden Boy Promotions announced on Thursday. The addition of Garcia-Matthysse creates one of the most anticipated cards in pay-per-view history.
The hype for Garcia-Matthysse has been building since May, when Matthysse — with Garcia in attendance — stopped titleholder Lamont Peterson in the third round in Atlantic City. It was the sixth straight knockout win for Matthysse (34-2), who hasn’t lost since a 2011 defeat to Devon Alexander. The win setup the showdown with Garcia (26-0), arguably the top fighter at 140-pounds.
“I’m glad I finally get a chance to fight Danny Garcia,” Matthysse said. “This is the fight that the entire boxing world — especially my country Argentina — and I wanted. I want to thank my promoters Golden Boy Promotions and Mario Arano for making this fight possible. On September 14th, I will show the world that I am the best 140 pound fighter on the planet.”
Garcia has quickly emerged as one of the biggest stars in boxing. After decisioning Erik Morales to win a vacant title in 2012, Garcia followed it up with a spectacular knockout of Amir Khan four months later. He knocked out Morales in a rematch last November and in April outpointed former titleholder Zab Judah.
According to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, Garcia pushed hard for a Matthysse matchup.
“This is the fight I wanted and the fight that I asked for,” Garcia said. “That is why I’m so happy this fight has been made and will be a part of this huge event. I’m more confident than ever in my abilities and I’m going to show it on September 14th. Matthysse is a good fighter and has a big punch, but I’m a talented fighter with what it takes to be a champion and stay that way. This is an opportunity for the world to see what I can really do in the ring.”
Mayweather-Alvarez was already expected to produce one of the biggest pay-per-view revenues in history, with the popular Mayweather getting a boost from a young star in Alvarez, who has a huge fan base in Mexico and the southwestern U.S. By adding Garcia-Matthysse — which on its own would do a huge rating on Showtime — to the card, the show could come close or surpass 2 million pay-per-view buys.
The fight could also be a showcase, with the winner in line for shot at Mayweather — should he get past Alvarez — sometime next year.
– Chris Mannix
Some quick jabs…
• Raise your hand if you are surprised that featherweight prospect Gary Russell turned down a fight with Daniel Ponce de Leon. No one? I thought so. Ponce de Leon, according to Steve Kim at MaxBoxing.com, was ready and willing to take the fight, only to be told that Russell (22-0), who has not fought since March because of a hand injury, preferred to take an easier fight. That’s not particularly surprising because Russell’s entire career has been easy fights. I’m as big a fan of Russell’s talent as anyone, but until he faces an opponent who actually wants to fight back, he doesn’t belong on premium television.
• Neither, of course, does Deontay Wilder, who continues his run through bums when he faces Siarhei Liakhovich, last seen getting flattened by Bryant Jennings 18 months ago and knocked out by Robert Helenius the year before that, in August. Showtime will broadcast it. Pathetic.
• The late Emanuel Steward would have been 69 this week. If you missed it, here is the tribute I shot of him for Epix.
Last year, Tony Thompson thought his career was over. It was in Switzerland, and Thompson had just suffered a sixth round knockout defeat to Wladimir Klitschko, his second straight loss to the unified champion. I was part of the broadcast team for Epix that night, and I remember what Thompson told me clearly: I still think I can beat anyone but Wladimir, he said, but if I can’t beat him, is it worth continuing? Apparently, it is. Thompson’s knockout win over David Price on Saturday was his second straight knockout of Price, a prized prospect seen by some as the heir apparent to Wladimir Klitschko. It made me remember: Since 2000, Thompson has lost two fights, both to the man considered the best heavyweight of this generation.
At 41, Thompson clearly still has some fight left in him. He’s awkward, crafty and has a good chin. He wants a title shot with Vitali Klitschko, but that’s not going to happen. However Thompson has earned another big fight — and another big payday — and I could see some kind of premium network televised fight against a young prospect like Bryant Jennings or Deontay Wilder at some point later this year.
• I think promoter Frank Warren made a big mistake matching heavyweight Dereck Chisora with Malik Scott on July 20. Chisora is trying to rebuild his career after back to back losses to Vitali Klitschko and David Haye, and Scott is a nightmare. He is the worst kind of combination, incredibly dull and incredibly skilled, the kind of fighter who impresses judges while putting an audience to sleep. Scott was robbed of a win against Czar Glazkov in February, and is very likely to box circles around Chisora later this month.
• Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer refuted reports of a deal being struck for a fight between Lucas Matthysse and Danny Garcia, telling me via email that neither a deal nor a date had been agreed on. I continue to hear from industry sources that there is a strong possibility the fight could land on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez on September 14. If so, that will rank as one of the best cards in history.
• One reason Matthysse-Garcia could move off the originally planned September 7th date: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is scheduled to return on that date. Though judging by recent photos of Chavez it’s fair to wonder exactly what weight class he plans to fight in.
– Chris Mannix
ATLANTIC CITY — Three thoughts from Lucas Matthysse’s knockout win over Lamont Peterson …
1. Matthysse is scary good. Yes, Matthysse has two losses on his résumé, narrow defeats to Devon Alexander and Zab Judah. Yes, they were his two biggest fights. But in blowing away Peterson on Saturday, Matthysse firmly established himself as the most dangerous fighter in the junior welterweight division. Because this was never close. Peterson was clearly wary of Matthysse’s power early, fighting backing up, trying to keep Matthysse at bay with his jab. But Matthysse is relentless. He stalked Peterson in the second round, dropping him with a crushing right hand. In the third, Matthysse dropped Peterson again. Referee Steve Smoger allowed a wobbly Peterson to continue — “He’s a champion,” Smoger told me afterwards. “I wanted to give him one more shot.” — but Matthysse stormed in to close the show, dropping Peterson again, forcing Smoger to wave it off. Make no mistake, Lamont Peterson is a very good fighter and a legitimate titleholder. But Matthysse simply destroyed him.
2. Can anyone stand up to that power? Watching Matthysse walk through Peterson made me wonder: How did Alexander and Judah stand up to this? After the fight, Bernard Hopkins walked over to press row and said that if he were fighting Matthysse, the crowd would be booing for the first six rounds. “Because I’d be running,” Hopkins said. “I’d be trying to tire him out.”
NEW YORK — Three thoughts on Danny Garcia’s unanimous decision win over Zab Judah:
For Garcia, a learning experience
No question, Garcia won the fight. He dominated most of the early rounds and picked up a knockdown in the eighth, countering a straight left hand from Judah with a stinging right that sent Judah tumbling to the canvas. But Judah showed tremendous heart, refusing to quit and rallying to win most of the final rounds. He hurt Garcia repeatedly in the tenth, seeming to catch his second wind while Garcia started to slow down. But Judah gave away too many rounds early, and the judges’ scoring (115-112, 114-112, 116-111) was spot on.